Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for One More Lie by Amy Lloyd, I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you today.
Amy Lloyd returns with a chilling portrait of a woman haunted by the mistakes of her past and trapped in a present threatened by revenge.
Charlotte wants to start fresh. She wants to forget her past, forget the years of her childhood spent in prison, and most of all forget Sean. But even with a new identity, old habits die hard.
Despite the ankle monitor she must wear as part of her parole agreement and frequent visits to her therapist, Charlotte’s demons begin to catch up with her and drag her back down a dark path. And the further down that path she goes, the closer she gets to the crime that put her in prison all those years ago.
And then, one day, when her old ‘partner in crime’ tracks her down, Charlotte is forced to face the one devastating memory she’d much rather forget…
The lure to this novel is the same as the lure to Lloyd’s previous novel, The Innocent Wife, and that’s the ‘ripped from the headlines’ nature of the story. A childhood spent in prison – the very idea of children committing a serious crime creates a warped curiosity in us because it’s so against the status quo. And what Lloyd does in this novel is feed into that curiosity. We want to know what Charlotte did, and why, how; we want to like her as an adult so we can forgive her actions as a child.
This story had me hooked, and the short chapters served their purpose, to create suspense, to build tension, to feed into my anxiety that everything is going to go wrong for Charlotte again! There’s this real sense of awkwardness around Charlotte’s character, this sense of not knowing how to ‘just be’ – and this was a great reflection of how her previous experiences shaped her, and this gave the novel its realism. The ending did seem of a more entertaining nature than the rest of the novel but it worked, and I’d say this is a solid novel for fans of psychological suspense.
One of the things I really liked about this novel was the strength of the narrative voices. You really got a sense of Charlottes thoughts and feelings, and when the narrative voice changed to Sean, it was such a different ‘voice’, it really felt like two people telling me this story, offering up information that was their truth.
One More Lie is a fantastic exploration of unhealthy relationships and unhealthy attachments, not just between friends but it explores a few of the different relationships people have in their lives, familial and otherwise. And it was this exploration of relationships that was so interesting to me – examining who holds the power in these relationships, and the influence and effect people can have on each other.
If you enjoyed Lloyd’s previous novel, you’ll enjoy this one too! The realism of the characters and their fascinating natures, the crime and the lies, I definitely recommend this one.
*My thanks to the publisher (Century) for providing me with a copy of this title, and inviting me to participate in the blog tour*
About the Author
Amy Lloyd’s journey to becoming a bestselling author started when she left secondary school with only a handful of GCSEs before going to university as a mature student to study English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. When she was unable to afford fees for a masters, Amy entered and won the Daily Mail First Novel Competition, beating out over 7000 entries.
Her debut novel The Innocent Wife debuted as a Sunday Times bestseller, was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, sold rights in over 18 countries and won the prestigious Foreign Thriller of the Year at Le Prix du Thriller in France, 2018. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. One More Lie is her second novel. She lives in Cardiff with her partner and two cats. @AmyLloydWrites
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